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I would like to thank President Obama for standing on the side of landowners and public safety in his rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline on Jan. 18.

As a landowner crossed by the proposed route of the pipeline, I had been left with many of my questions about this pipeline unanswered.

Where is the Emergency Response Plan for this pipeline? The public living in close proximity to the pipeline and volunteer emergency personnel need to be privy to this plan prior to construction.

Where is thinner, cheaper, and more dangerous pipe planned to be used along the pipeline route?

Pipeline thickness needs to be consistent throughout rural and urban areas as opposed to using lower quality pipe in rural areas.

When will a study of the corrosiveness of tar sands pipelines be conducted? This study is needed light of the 14 spills on the Keystone I pipeline in the past year and a half since it began operations.

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President Obama made the right decision when he chose to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Montana's land and waterways should not be put at risk from a pipeline which has not been properly analyzed nor planned for.

Don Brown

Fort Peck

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